Environmental Education Resources for Teachers & Youth Leaders

Fall Fish Iowa! Update

Check out these great educational programs/resources to help strengthen your knowledge about Iowa's amazing natural resources; learn how to  incorporate local resources into your curriculum/teaching situation.

To receive electronic notifications about upcoming trainings, competitions, grant opportunities or new resources available, please email the Aquatic Education Program.

  • Iowa's Natural Resources - background information about Iowa's waters, forests and wildlife; this information comes from the Iowa Supplements to Projects WILD, WILD Aquatic, and PLT
  • Classroom Resources - downloadable activity guides; audiovisual resources; 400 factsheets about Iowa's aquatic plants & animals; correlations to Iowa and National standards organized by grade level; sample lesson plans organized by grade level; conservation education course outlines; activity/coloring sheets; suggested natural resources children's books 
  • Education Competitions - skills competitions (casting, archery, clay target shooting); audiovisual contest; poster contests; environmental high school team competition
  • Demonstration Models - kits/models for interactive, hands-on science experiences; available by loan 
  • Education Training Programs - comprehensive activity guides and additional resources/support to help you incorporate Iowa's natural resources into your current curriculum/teaching situation
  • Educational Grants - funding available to Iowa schools to support a variety of environmental education opportunities including fishing field experiences, establishing local angling education programs,  implementing a place-based approach to learn about local aquatic resources/issues, planting trees on school grounds, and starting a High School Scholastic Clay Target Program
  • Citizen Science Programs - resources that encourage students to investigate natural resource concerns and learn how to conduct scientific field investigations and analyze the data collected
  • Educator Workshops - gain valuable knowledge about Iowa's natural resources; interact with other educators; learn more about local environmental education professionals/resources
  • Field Trip Locations - rich in history and natural resources, Iowa is abundant with areas you and your students can explore; visit a fish hatchery, nature center, or State Park close to you
Planet Patrol Videos  Check out the Planet Patrol series of short environmental videos by kids for kids (10 to 15 year olds). Each vignette provides information related to environmental stewardship and specific actions Iowa youth and their families can take around the house to reduce their environmental footprint.